'Real change must come to ZC'

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe Cricket vice-chairman Tawengwa Mukuhlani says the retirement of his former ally Peter Chingoka as ZC boss is inconsequential and does not deliver “real change” to the sport.

Mukuhlani was quick to congratulate new ZC chairman Wilson Manase and offered his support, but said Manase’s ascendancy is only a continuation of the status quo at ZC, which he says was in a serious leadership crisis.

Manase was vice-chairman under Chingoka.

“That Peter is gone is not an issue,” Mukuhlani told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday.

“More is needed in the organisation than just the departure of Peter. When you discard your coach and he gets appointed by Pakistan, when you discard your coach and he gets appointed by Bangladesh, you ask yourself what you are missing. I don’t think we are serious.

“In my view, Peter Chingoka was not supposed to resign now. What I’m saying is, why leave now when you have taken us to a level where we are losing to Afghanistan. How deep can we sink? We now have no justification to Test status when we are losing to an associate member.

“Afghanistan paid for all their costs to tour here. ZC can’t host. When a country that’s war-torn is able to come to Zimbabwe and host itself, not only host itself, but win, is ample proof that we have a serious problem. Whether Peter is gone or continues, for me that’s not the issue. There is a serious crisis at ZC. Whether it’s an administration crisis, financial crisis, technical crisis, there is just a serious crisis at ZC.

“We can sit and celebrate that Peter has left, that he has done a good thing, passed on the baton, but what has been passed? What has remained of ZC? To me its fine, I wish him well as he goes out pursue personal interests. Congratulation Wilson as the new chairman and Maureen Kuchocha as the new vice chair. But chairing what? What are they presiding over? The issue is are we prepared to bring real change to ZC.”

Mukuhlani added that the new changes at ZC was a result of flaws in the association’s constitution.

“The constitution amended in 2006 was meant to be transitional, to allow change to take place. It was designed the way it was because provinces did not have capacity to run themselves. Power was centralised to the national board. Eight years later, are you saying provinces can’t still run themselves? We have six people on the board coming as special appointments, but what have these people done? I’m not at war with anyone, I will support them if they need my support, I am just mentioning things I think must change.”

Mukuhlani lambasted the manner in which ZC was being “run like a friends club”, saying competent personnel have been chucked out in favour of “yes men who do not ruffle feathers.”

“In my opinion, the ZC board needs to make bold decisions, some not popular, but decisions that still have to be made. We need to have the right selectors, the right committees.

“We all don’t need to be friends. Right now you must be good friends to survive in ZC. If you are not good friends, whether you are good or bad, then you can’t be there. Whether it’s the appointment of a coach, the convenor, you need to be acceptable. The issue of acceptability must be a thing of the past.

“We have seen it in the appointment of coaches. We are scared of people who ruffle feathers.

“If the convenor selects a team that loses to Afghanistan, as long as the board members like him, it’s okay. Everyone is sitting pretty, comfortable in their positions, no one is threatened.

“To me that is the issue. When you lose to Afghanistan, the coaches must be fired, the selection panel must be changed, the players must lose their contracts. But it won’t happen here as long as it’s a club of like-minded friends. No one asks questions. You cannot ask questions if you don’t have what it takes to be a board member. Players are not being selected on merit, but no one is ready to ask questions because the players will say you are not competent to be a selector yourself. It’s a circus.”

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